Polling over in 424 seats, spotlight on eastern UP

(This Story Was Originally Published In On May 7, 2019) (This Article Was Originally Published By The Economic Times On 07/05/2019.)

NEW DELHI: Elections 2019 Begin To Cool Off With Polling Completed In 424 Of 543 Lok Sabha Seats After The Fifth Phase Of Monday, Which Voted In 51 Seats In Seven States. But No Less Than 80% Of These Places Are Categorized As Rural. The Turnout At The Voters, 62.56% Up To 18:00, Was Slightly Higher Than Recorded In 2014.

Poll In And Went Up 2 Percent Points. West Bengal Recorded The Highest Polling Again With 74.06%. Jharkhand And 63% Entitled To Vote, A Slight Rise Compared To 2014, While Turnout Approximately 57.33% Until 6:00 Pm

Jammu & Kashmir Continued To Show A Lower Trend With 17.17%.

The Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency, Which Went To The Polls In Three Stages, Reported A Total Turnout Of 8.76%, A Drop Of 28.54% In 2014. The Meager Turnout In Pulwama And Shopian Districts In South Kashmir - 2 14% And 2.88% - Was On Expected Lines Because These Areas Since 2016 Have Had Increased Militant Activities.

This Round Also Saw The Elections Start In East Uttar Pradesh, Counted As Premier's Main Catchment Narendra Modi , Which Contesed From Varanasi. This Is Also The Region For Which Priyanka Gandhi Is The Secretary General Who Leads The Congress.

Polls Were Also Held In And Rae Bareli, Considered Pocket Boroughs Of The Nehru-Gandhi Family, As Well As In Lucknow From Where Minister Rajnath Singh Was In Poll Race.

In Bihar's Saran, Rajiv Pratap Was Rudy Against RJD's Chandrika Roy, Whose Daughter Is Married To RJD Supremo Lalu Prasad's Son Tej Pratap Yadav. The Constituency Recorded The Highest Turnout Turnout In The State For Up To 15 Hours At 46%.

Union Ministers Rajyavardhan Rathore And Arjun Meghwal Respectively Defend Their Seats In Jaipur Rural And Bikaner While Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha Contests From Hazaribagh In Jharkhand

The Phase Was Crucial For The Fortune Of Trinamool Congress In West Bengal, Where BJP Emerged As A Challenger. The Elections Are Now Over In Rajasthan, Where BJP Won 24 Of The 25 Seats In 2014.

In UP, Sitapur Noted The Highest Turnout At 50.32% To 3 PM, While Kaushambi Was The Lowest At 40.37%. Lucknow Registered 43.07% Turnout Up To 3 PM, While Rae Bareli And Amethi Respectively Recorded 42.68% And 41.92%.

In MP, The Turnout At Betul Was Higher While It Was Baptized In Rewa.

Tikamgarh, Khajuraho, And Damoh In Bundelkhhand - All BJP Strongholds - Recorded Turnover Rise In The Range Of 52% To 3 PM

Hoshangabad, Another BJP Bastion And A Chair That Has Been Winning The Party Since 1989, Recorded Around 59% Of The Vote Until 3:00 Pm BJP's Seated MP Uday Pratap Singh Sits Against Congress Shailendra Diwan.